Issue 1170 PDF: Prospects for progress wither as rival parties fight for influence in Iraqi Kurdistan

Issue 1170 - 02 Jun 2023

The leading article for issue 1170 explores the effects of regional election and federal budget disputes minimising the chances for reconciliation between the PUK and KDP in Iraqi Kurdistan. GSN looks into this in the context of the Iraqi supreme court’s intervention. This issue also looks into the ousting of Iran's National Security head Ali Shamkhani.

The diplomatic brief section addresses Khalaf Abdel Rahman Hamid Al-Rumaithi’s extradition frorm Jordan to the UAE after being convicted of terrorism-related charges.

Defence and security is headed by news of the Iranian IRGC’s new Khorramshahr ballistic missile, optimised to reach Israel. This section follows with the Qatari navy receiving its fourth Italian corvette from Fincantieri.

Analysis of the soft power wielded by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman in the face of large new art and archeology projects serves as the head piece for Finance and business, the reportedly booming art scene in Al-Ula serving as a clear example of these recent efforts.

The View is on Oman and Sultan Haitham’s efforts to re-establish the country as a mediating figure amongst its neighbours.

A detailed map of Yemen features which includes energy infrastructure and information on disputed zones and borders.

Risk management reports for this issue concern Yemen, OPEC as well as regional and international organisations.

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